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this morning on "early today," desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during last week's catastrophic tsunami. and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a race
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against the clock. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. this as smoke has once again been seen rising from the crippled nuclear facility. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yesterday. the cloud billowing from the fukushima plant on wednesday was all but gone thursday, but the possibility of a meltdown is still very real. president obama is promising whatever help tides can muster. >> we're sharing expertise, equipment and technology so that the courageous responders on the scene have the benefit of
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american team work and support. >> all right, all right. >> reporter: u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before this emergency is resolved and americans are being urged to flee a 50-mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> reporter: u.s. airports are now screening passengers and cargo coming out of japan. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are still below harmful levels, but anxiety is rising. the pentagon is now organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. brian moore, nbc news, washington.
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well, one week since japan's worst ever disaster, new stunning footage has emerged from a local japanese news crew. they were in a taxi seconds before catastrophe struck. carl did he nnin of england's channel 4 tells us their story. >> reporter: these are the decisions that keep i alive. stay in the car or run for it? they run, telling the driver to do the same. they find a building. the water pooling at their feet now. as they climb the stairs, the tsunami bursts through the corridor. they reach the window as two huge red containers sweep across the path. leaving the taxi was a good
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decision. it's now floating. but not everyone made shelter. there's a woman on the wall, a man in a tree, and standing on a car roof, a father clutching his two young children. someone finds a fire hose. it becomes a rope. as dusk falls, a human chain is formed and reaches the children. despite the aftershocks, despite the snow, they pass the children from person to person across the tops of shipping containers. >> just remarkable there. elsewhere, the united nations security council has authorized, quote, all necessary measures to stop moammar gadhafi
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in libya, including strikes by sea and air. the resolution, which cleared yesterday with the backing of the u.s., france and england also imposed a no-fly zone over libya. the vote was 10-0 with five abstentions, including russia and china. hours before, gadhafi vow on state tv to show no mercy to rebels in benghazi. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in hawaii, a store security camera captured another example of the strength of last week's tsunami. powerful waves crashed through the glass windows of a clothing store. the shop owner had only been open for six months. fortunately she has insurance that will help cover the damage. in ohio, cascading rocks made driving conditions very dangerous along one road in the eastern part of the state. this was the third rockslide in a week, forcing officials to shutdown traffic in both
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directions. cleanup crews have a big job ahead of them, but are being kept away until the hillside is stable. finally, in florida, it may have been the luck of the irish or a large appetite that earned one man the fastest eater title at the annual corn beef sandwich eating contest. a crowd of 200 watched as competitors chowed down in ten minutes. the winner, zoe chestnut, you know him, right? downed 14 1/2 sandwiches taking home ads 12,500 check. somehow hot dogs is more appetizing than corn beef sandwiches. i don't know how that's possible. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning to you, bill. >> good morning, lynn. we'll skip breakfast. >> yeah. >> yesterday, lynn, was a gorgeous day around the country. temperatures were 79 around kansas city yesterday. chicago, 67. boston snuck up to 63.
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hope everyone enjoyed it. we have cooled it off a little bit, especially across areas of the northern plains and new england is going to be cooler today, too. we have clouds and rain out there. it's still going to be a very warm day today, from texas through the southeast. that's where you're going to appreciate it. the only wet weather, our friends up in vermont and new hampshire and maine got a little going through from burlington, albany, new york took a shower or two, especially around saratoga, some may kick through portland, maine, too. that's about it. there's not a lot of bad weather. warmest temperatures will be in florida where it will be in the 80s. dallas today in new york, too. new york city to d.c. should sneak into the 70s. enjoy a wonderful friday. that's a look at your national forecast. now here is a look at the weather outside your window. st. louis today, chance of thunderstorms as that front goes through. there's not going to be a lot of with wet weather on that front. hit and miss. birmingham, alabama, 81 beautiful degrees today. miami, cooler in detroit, but
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we'll take it, 59. lynn, weekend forecast, of course, coming up. also coming ub with b stocks rebound, more signs of a strengthening economy and who is bragging about being america's number two soda? your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, this weekend at the box office, bradley keeper undergoes the first true test of his star power. coming up, march madness at its finest on day one of the ncaa tournament. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. in a largely symbolic vote, the republican controlled house has voted to end federal funding for national public radio. the bill is almost certain to fail in the the democrat controlled senate. controversial former haitian president john bertrand is headed back to his country after
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seven years of exile in south africa. american officials tried to keep araseed away from haiti until after this weekend's presidential runoff amid concerns he could destabilize the process. in a scathing new report, the justice department says new orleans police officers have often used deadly force without justification, made unconstitutional arrests and engaged in racial profiling. the city's mayor called the findings sobering, but not surprising. in the wake of japan's nuclear crisis, american poison control centers are getting reports of people who have ingested potassium iodine. government officials have warned against taking the pill. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. did the dow opens at 11,774 after adding 161 points
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yesterday. the s&p gained 16 points and the nasdaq was up 19. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei climbed 244 points while in hong kong, the hang seng rose 15. after three days of losses, thursday wall street made a luke warm comeback. recent drops brought out the bargain hunters, but volume was low sxopgzs activity shows investors hedging against another fall in stocks. volatility could resume today as the so-called quadruple witching period end. quadruple witching involves the monthly settlement of various stock options and futures. signs of an improving economy helped cool japan fears. a mid atlantic manufacturing jumped to the highest point since january 1984. new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell more than expected. ongoing claims dropped to the lowest level in 2 1/2 years. bellwether fedex forecast improved revenue on strong
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demand, lifting shares more than 3%. on the down side, consumer prices edged higher than forecasted in february. oil rose along with stocks, up 3.40 a barrel to over $101. the group of seven industrialized nations agreed thursday on a coordinated effort to help weaken the japanese yen which has surged to record levels. a stronger yen would hurt japan's exporters, dealing another blow to an already hobbled economy. gm suspended truck production next week at its sleeve point louisiana plant because of a part shortage due to the issues in japan. coke is the number one soda and now number two is diet coke ending pepsi's long run as the runner up to regular coca-cola. coming up, day one of the ncaa tournament is filled with drama and excitement, including
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if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, as day one of march madness is any indication, it's going to be one heck of a tournament. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. unless, of course, you're a louisville fan. moorehead state pulled off the first upset of the tournament, ousting number three louisville, the eagles. final seconds, stop and pop from beyond the arc gave moorehead the lead with two ticks left. moorehead state upsets louisville, 62-61. moorehead will play richmond after they pulled off the final upset. richmond vanderbilt, richmond up three. it seems like every tournament of 12 beats the five and this time it's richmond, they won it, 69-66. last year, butler made it to the title game. this year, they needed a buzzer
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beater to get out of the first round. matt howard right place, right time, right there with the lay-up. butler won it within 60-58. they'll play pitt tomorrow. another wild finish between penn state and temple, tied at 64. juan fernandez looked like he was out of options. how about that option? temple advances to play san diego state, 66-64. michigan state almost pulled off the improbable from ucla. rallied from 23 down. cut the lead to 2. chance was called for traveling. gutsy call, but the right call. ucla escapes, 78-76. survive and advance is the name of the game and that's exactly what kentucky did against princeton. tied at 57, brandon knight hit his only bucket of the game. the winner with two seconds left, kentucky won it, 59-57. sydney was brought to tears
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during his news conference. another example of the agony of defeat that can be found during march madness. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. will a battle with aliens dominate this weekend's battle at the box office? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, all of america, including america's children open their hearts and their piggy banks to the people of japan. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back. let me take you through your weekend forecast start, today. quiet forecast, northern new england a little rain. cereal in chicago after yesterday's gorgeous day. saturday, thunderstorms possible out here in the plains. we're going to be very dry and warm through the southeast. shower activity is possible around areas like new york city earlier in the day. as we look to the west, no problems in the intermountain west and even into sunday, not too much of a weather concern. we have have a storm system emerge, thunderstorms. the severe threat is rather low, so it should be a really nice weekend. if you're watching us from philadelphia, pennsylvania, uncover stories ofs pea northbound at spies, traitors and saboteurs at the national constitution center. bill, thank you. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. can earth's fight against attacking aliens become the
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first back to back champion? the experts think so. they think battle did, los angeles" will come in first. bradley cooper's role is about a man that takes a brain pill offering him limitless possibilities a close second. the comedy "paul" included $12 million overseas, but experts here say this weekend, no top spot. matthew mckona hey launched into fame as a lawyer in "time to kill." with "the lincoln lawyer" expectations aren't very high. finally, remember the dress kate middleton wore? it sold at auction for $105,000 thursday in london. it was expected to sell for only around $15,000.
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can you imagine? for me, if my husband came home with lingerie that he spent $125,000 for i would be like, what? no, no. >> so that is my point, was that lingerie or is that a dress? >> it's lingerie, come on. that's why it caught his eye. this comes to us from kxas if nbc 5 in dallas, texas, where children across the city are using a classic kid business to help others. several lemonade stands have popped up in front yards with the goal of helping japan relief efforts. the kids were inspired to do something after seeing the amazing destruction. even though the suffering is on the other side of the world, these kids just want to make a difference. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i'm john collins. it is a friday morning. it is pretty nice out there. we have a few thin clouds out there. 50 degrees at the airport. 29.97 the barometric pressure. 52 degrees at the maryland
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science center. it is a pleasantly cool morning this morning. these temperatures are were the highs and normally are. warmer than yesterday. i will veto that forecast in just a few minutes. >> thank you. 50 degrees on tv hill. here's a look ahead to 11 news today. >> after a girl is killed in the crossfire, community residents stand up to violence. details are next. >> the latest from japan. >> we have a couple of accidents in the city already
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[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. happy friday. john collins has a checkth


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